Activist, poet, writer and lawyer Héctor Efrén Flores to speak at Coe

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2016-02-16 10:58:39 - General

Héctor Efrén Flores
Héctor Efrén Flores

Héctor Efrén Flores or "Chaco de la Pitoreta" is an activist, poet, writer and lawyer from Honduras who will be speaking on Monday, Feb. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus. Chaco works at Fe y Alegría, a Jesuit organization that specializes in the area of popular education and social promotion, believes in dignity and justice, and makes a preferential option for the poor.

Chaco is regionally known as a poet and member of a group of "artists in resistance" who use art and creativity to challenge corruption and violence in Honduras. He leads weekly marches in his hometown of El Progreso, and on weekends he joins an artist collective that reclaims public space from the violence by reading poetry and playing music in parks.

Chaco is the author of a number of published books in Spanish, including "Versos Para Leer Desde la Trinchera" ("Verses to Read from the Trenches") and "Entre las y los Tolupanes" ("Among the Tolupanes"). His poetry centers on growing up in the Bajo Aguán area of northern Honduras, where the United States trained Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s, and where there continues to be human rights abuses perpetrated by military and paramilitary forces.

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